M/V Bermuda Islander

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Delaware Bay



Contaminants of Concern Include


Affected DOI Resources Include

Migratory Birds

Case Description

On April 25, 2006, an approximately six-mile-long oil slick in Delaware Bay was reported by a tugboat crewman. A few days later, a sample of the released oil was matched to an oil sample taken from a container ship, the Bermuda Islander. The total volume of oil released and the cause of the release are unknown. The spill impacted approximately 40 miles of the western shoreline (Delaware side) and less than one mile of the eastern shoreline (New Jersey side) of Delaware Bay.

Atlantic horseshoe crabs (Limulus polyphemus) are shown spawning on the shoreline at Mispillion Harbor, Delaware, in early June 2008. Restoration of this spawning beach is one of the preferred natural resource restoration alternatives in the Draft Restoration Plan., Credit: Gregory Breese, USFWS

Case Documents

 Document TypeDocument NameDocument Date


 Settlement Agreement Settlement Agreement 12/23/2008


 Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment (Draft) Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment 01/01/2013

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Case Contact

Delaware Bay Estuary Project

Smyrna, DE | (302) 653-9152 | http://www.fws.gov/delawarebay/

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